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  • 11/12/2019 - World Diabetes Day 2019: Family and Diabetes

    On World Diabetes Day 2019, PAHO/WHO joins partners around the world to promote that diabetes can be prevented and controlled. The theme for this year is "Family and Diabetes". Approximately 62 million people are living with type 2 diabetes in the Americas, and need support from their families. Read more.

  • 11/11/2019 - OECD publishes report on health spending

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report on November 7 that includes indicators from 44 countries - 38 members and six more. When it comes to health spending per capita, Brazilians are in 37th place. Last year, the figure was $ 1,282, while the average for other countries in the organization was $ 4,000. Topping the list is the United States, with over $ 10,000 per inhabitant. Read the document.

  • 11/05/2019 - Report launched on World Cities Day offers tools for city leaders to tackle deaths through non-communicable diseases and road traffic injuries

    The report ‘The Power of Cities: Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries’ offers guidance and tools for urban leaders to tackle some of the leading causes of death in cities. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes - kill 41 million people worldwide every year, and road traffic crashes kill 1.35 million. Read more

  • 10/31/2019 - VCPH-PAHO/WHO: Virtual Self-learning Course on Human Resources for Universal Health - 2019

    The purpose of the course, which is free and about 10 hours long, is to present the Universal Health Human Resources Strategy approved by PAHO Member States in September 2017 and an overview of the challenges of the human resources field for health for the Region of the Americas. Sign up!

  • 10/30/2019 - The Health for All Film Festival (WHO)

    World Health Organization (WHO) will host the first-ever Health for All film festival in Geneva in May 2020.
    Filmmakers are invited to submit by January 30, 2020, a short video for one of the three categories.  See how to participate.

  • 10/23/2019 - PAHO/WHO: 25 years of being polio-free in the Americas

    On October 24, World Polio Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is celebrating 25 years of being certified polio-free in North, Central and South America, as well as in the Caribbean. There is no cure for polio, but it's preventable with vaccination. Read more.

  • 10/21/2019 - It's time to end cervical cancer!

    As part of the campaign to eliminate cervical cancer, PAHO/WHO has prepared a page with numerous resources. In addition to stories and campaign materials, the page includes material aimed especially at women, girls and the community and health professionals. Read more.

  • 10/16/2019 - Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)

    About 6 million to 7 million people worldwide, mostly in Latin America, are estimated to be infected with Trypansosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Read more (WHO) and watch the video 'Chagas Disease in the United States'.

  • 10/16/2019 - PAHO Directing Council ends with regional agreements to eliminate diseases and improve the quality of health care for all people

    The meeting approved seven new regional initiatives, including a joint initiative to eliminate more than 30 diseases and conditions from the hemisphere by 2030 and a strategy to improve the quality of health care as part of PAHO member countries’ efforts to achieve “universal health". Read more

  • 10/10/2019 - Preventing suicide: information for health workers

    People go to see doctors and nurses for many different reasons but sometimes the real reason is far more serious than what they say they are there for. Sadly, the stigma of mental health and suicide can get in the way of people asking for help. Watch the video!